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NSTAR Green

Highlights

  • Basic Service customers can choose to have half or all of their electricity use support wind power.
  • There is an additional premium for this option. Beginning January 1, 2015, customers choosing to have 50 percent of their electricity support wind power pay an additional 2.776 cents per kWh, while customers choosing to have 100 percent of their electricity support wind power pay an additional 5.279 cents per kWh.
  • Wind power is generated at Maple Ridge Wind Farm in upstate New York and Kibby Wind Power in Maine, before being delivered into the New England power grid.
  • Customers can enroll, change options, or choose to end participation in NSTAR Green at any time. Changes will take affect with your following bill.
  • NSTAR Green has been certified by Green-e Energy. This certification confirms NSTAR Green meets standards of environmental quality, that relevant information has been disclosed to potential consumers, and that the seller has acquired the renewable energy supply it has committed to deliver to its customers. A product label for NSTAR Green is also available.

About NSTAR Green
The objective of NSTAR Green is to enable NSTAR Basic Service customers – those who buy electricity from NSTAR rather than from a competitive supplier – to support electricity generated from renewable sources. By participating in this program, NSTAR customers will support the development of renewable energy resources in the region.

Making The "Green" Choice
Residential and small commercial Basic Service customers are eligible to enroll. There is no term commitment for NSTAR Green and customers can return to Basic Service at any time. Customer accounts in good standing with no overdue balance are eligible.

Participating customers can choose to have all or half of their electricity use support wind energy entering the regional power grid. There is an additional premium for NSTAR Green. Exact pricing per kWh is available below.

For customers who want to be placed on NSTAR Green, enrollment is currently available .

NSTAR has signed two, 10-year contracts to supply wind-generated power to customers. One contract is with PPM Energy to receive 30 megawatts of energy from the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in upstate New York. The other contract is with TransCanada Corporation for 30 megawatts from the Kibby Wind Power Project in Maine.

NSTAR is not affiliated with either of these renewable generating companies. Besides supporting green power, nothing else about your NSTAR service will change.

NSTAR's Commitment to "Green Power"
NSTAR Green is just one of several initiatives NSTAR is undertaking to increase the use of renewable energy in Massachusetts. Greater reliance on renewable resources will diversify our electricity generation mix, help attain environmental goals and support the development of the renewable electricity market in New England. 

Pricing
NSTAR Green is a premium energy product. Customers who sign up for NSTAR Green 50 and NSTAR Green 100 will pay an additional 2.776 and 5.279 cents per kilowatt hour above the Basic Service rates, respectively.

The following is pricing, including Basic Service rates, for NSTAR Green (all pricing is in cents per kilowatt hour) from August 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014:

 

NSTAR Green 50

NSTAR Green 100
Residential Customers
Rates A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A7, A8, 32, 66, 68, 30, 37, 38, 86, 42, 48, 57, 58, 59, 39, 01, 04, 05, 07, 48, 10
17.756 20.259
Small Commercial/Industrial Customers
Rates A9, B1, B5, 31, 33, 34, 35, 55, 02, 06, 51
17.211 19.714

 

Price, Terms and Conditions

NSTAR Green is certified by Green-e Energy, which requires companies to provide their customers with this notice of Price, Terms and Conditions of service. Please note that your next electric bill will be the last with your current supplier. Thereafter you will be billed with NSTAR Green.

You may cancel your agreement to purchase NSTAR Green by calling the customer service number or writing to the billing address listed below.

Company: NSTAR Electric
Whom should I contact for more information? If you have a question or would like more information about Green-e Energy, write Green-e Energy, PO Box 29512, San Francisco, CA 94129 or log onto www.green-e.org, or call toll-free 888-63-GREEN.

If you have questions about NSTAR Green you can contact NSTAR Electric by phone (800-592-2000), email (customer.service@nstar.com) or by mailing:

NSTAR
Customer Service
One NSTAR Way, SW200
Westwood MA 02090

How will I be billed? NSTAR will continue to send you a monthly bill, similar to all NSTAR Basic Service customers.
How will my bill be calculated? The "Delivery Charges" portion of your bill will remain unchanged. There is an additional premium added to the "Generation Charges" portion of your bill.

Customers choosing to have 50 percent of their electricity support wind power pay an additional 3.377 cents per kWh, while customers choosing to have 100 percent of their electricity support wind power pay an additional 6.240 cents per kWh.
How much will my total electricity service cost, including utility charges? Based on monthly average usage of 500 kWh, the average NSTAR residential customer's monthly bill is between $112.65 and $117.21. By signing up for NSTAR Green 100, that customer's bill would increase $26.40 and total between $136.05 and $143.61 a month. Your actual bill will vary based on your energy use.
Will my rates change over time? Yes. Customers choosing to have 50 percent of their electricity support wind power currently pay an additional 2.776 cents per kWh, while customers choosing to have 100 percent of their electricity support wind power currently pay 5.279 cents per kWh in addition to the Basic Service rates that are renewed every six months, on January 1 and July 1. Charges for NSTAR Green may also be updated and customers will be notified in advance of any rate change.
What sources will be used in my certified product? Depending on which option you choose, either 50 or 100 percent of your electricity will be supplied by wind generated by the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Upstate New York and Kibby Wind Power in Maine. Information about other sources for customers who choose NSTAR Green 50 is available on the NSTAR Green product label.
If I want to terminate this agreement, what is the early termination fee? There is no termination fee for leaving NSTAR Green and returning to Basic Service.
What length of agreement is required? There is no term commitment or contract for NSTAR Green and customers can return to Basic Service at any time.
What other fees might I be charged? All other standard NSTAR fees apply, as available under appropriate tariff.

Renewable Energy Certificate Suppliers
Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) products are available from a number of Department of Public Utility-licensed suppliers. A list of such suppliers with contact information is available.

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